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KATERINA SMUTOK: London Food Guide

Posted on: 2011/10/10



Stella Magazine

"One day try the real English Breakfast. I like the place Sofra near Bond street [23 Barrett Street, W1U 1BF]. It’s in St Christopher's Place, little square behind Oxford street with a little fountain with many different cafes and restaurants like Carluccio’s and Café Creperie where you can enjoy lunch later. 

Sofra is actually a Turkish place, with the real English Breakfast. They have the best sausages, good fried bacon and crunchy toasts. You can order you own breakfast with different ingredients, but I suggest the traditional plate.


A little bonus is that the 5th breakfast is free. Last time I was there, my table neighbours, Russians, were discussing their preference in club music so they could have been talking about a newly opened art gallery In Soho or Mayfair."


"London is definitely a city for office workers who have lunch near their work; in fact most of the buildings have their own cafes. You can not miss that there are thousands of fast-food shop and cafes: Eat, Costa, Nero, Starbacks and my favourite, Pret-a-Mangers. Always fresh salads, sandwiches, hot rolls and soups."


"Most of the supermarkets like Tesco and the network of Boots pharmacies also have stands with ready, prepared food.

One big Sainsbury store next to my agency has a buffet.

Additionally, there are millions of Middle Eastern places with kebabs, especially on Edgware Road, so you’ll never be hungry in-between your fashion appointments."

"Fish and chips as a traditional meal are definitely for tourists.


I remember eating it only once in the Sports Caféin Piccadilly [80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE], where they show live sports from everywhere in the world, because my team lost I decided that Fish&Chips is bad luck.


But I want to come back to Sports Café to play pool."

"I never tried the real 5 o’clock Tea. Instead of that I love to pop up sometimes to Momo on Heddon Street [25-27 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH] and have Moroccan Afternoon Tea in glass cups. Try their special tea with rose water."


"And, yeah, Mo-Mo puddings, love the pancakes with nuts and syrup. Once I went there with my Moscow friend and she shocked the waiter by asking for all the desserts on the menu – poor guy wasn’t ready for Russian generosity. By the way, it’s a great place for smoking Shisha if you’re a fan of it."


"Every evening at about 5pm the rush hour starts. Not on the streets, but in the bars. Any place is good, but I was very often in Coach and Horses [26-28 Ray Street, EC1R 3DJ] near St.Martins College as my friend was studying there. It was fun to speak with future fashion, web and interior designers."

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